Switching to Digital: taking the next steps

If you are considering switching to a career in digital we have pulled together a directory of opportunities for you to take your next step towards your new career. Whatever next step you want to take whether it is an apprenticeship or online training you can find the opportunities available below. 

Digital Apprenticeships

Digital Future Stars: Software Developer Apprenticeship- Manchester Digital

The Manchester Digital Digital Future Stars programme is about tech employers spotting your potential. It is designed to train a limited and carefully selected group of learners each year who can demonstrate the right attitude and aptitude for becoming excellent software developers. If selected, you'll be hired by well-known tech companies and brands in the region and undertake a Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship. You do not have to have experience however a willingness to learn and demonstration of self-learning is essential.

ADA Digital Innovation Apprenticeship- ADA Manchester

The Foundation Degree in Digital Innovation is a two year programme aligned to the Level 4 Software Developer Standard. With this programme students have the option to select pathway modules focusing on either Technical or Creative routes.

Digital Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship- Manchester Metropolitan University

The Digital Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship was developed in partnership with leading employers to equip candidates with the skills needed for roles in the digital & technology sectors. The course explores the interaction between technical systems and the workplace and how to leverage it effectively for maximum business impact. Taught units are supported by work based projects.

Digital User Experience Degree Apprenticeship- Manchester Metropolitan University

A fresh new degree apprenticeship to help build sought after UX skills to drive better online experiences. This flexible qualification is ideal for a range of roles including user interface designer, user researcher, interaction designer and product manager.

Digital Marketer Degree Apprenticeship- Manchester Metropolitan University

Ideal for candidates wanting to work in a range of digital marketing roles. Become fully equipped to lead on the creation and execution on digital marketing strategy with an award winning degree apprenticeship provider.

Juice Academy Digital Marketer Apprenticeship- The Juice Academy 

This Level 3 Apprenticeship packages up all of the clever and essential things apprentices need to know about digital marketing including lots of other personal and professional skills needed to be successfull at work.

Digital Bootcamps

Manchester Digital x Code Nation Scholarship- Code Nation

Code Nation are providing a full scholarship to one winner, who is looking to change their career and become a Software Developer for their 12-week Master: Coding bootcamp. The 12 week Master: Course explores full-stack coding skills, the art of business readiness and the commercial secrets that prepare our graduates for success in tech.

AWS RE/Start- Generation

A free 12 week bootcamp to kickstart your career in tech as a cloud support practitioner. Delivered in partnership with the Princes Trust and Amazon Web Services. You don't need any existing experience or qualifications to be part of this programme.

Code your Future: Full Stack Web Dev CourseCode your Future 

Specifically aimed at refugees and disadvantaged people. A free course designed to give you the programming and employability skills needed to get a job as a web developer.

Cyber Academy- Raytheon Professional Services 

The Cyber Academy is a retraining programme designed to develop a new generation of Cyber Security Specialists to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to feed the burgeoning market for the skills required to defend against the ever evolving threats of the digital age. It has been created in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund.         

Data Engineering Bootcamp- Generation

Data is one of the fastest growing areas in tech. With career paths leading to AI, machine learning and Big Data, now is a great time to join this sector. On this free 12 week bootcamp, we’ll provide you with the perfect launchpad. You don't need any existing experience or qualifications though you do need basic python skills.

Master: Coding Invest in your future self and become a professional software developer- Code Nation

You'll learn full stack software development, the art of business readiness and commercial secrets that'll help you get ahead of the game.

Remote Coding Bootcamp- Northcoders

This 14 week full time course is designed to give you all of the skills to become a fully fledged software developer from home.

Software Engineer Fast Track- Manchester Codes

Our online Software Engineer FastTrack programme will take you from a complete beginner to a job ready Junior Developer.

Tech Equity- Tech Manchester

A funded programme exclusively for those who identify as women and non-binary/ gender fluid people that will give you the technical qualification and support to turn that skill into a career within the digital workforce.

Your Return to Tech- Tech Returners

The programme offers a fully accessible upskilling route back into technology. Providing the technical skills and personal skills needed for re-enter the sector and find the right role for you. Whether that’s software engineering, project management or something in-between.

Free Online Resources

Become a Data Analyst: Microsoft Learning Pathway- Microsoft

Data analysts examine information using data analysis tools and help their teams develop insights and business strategies. You’ll need skills in math, statistics, communications, and working with tools designed to do data analytics and data visualization. Explore this high-demand career.

Become a Digital Marketing Specialist: Microsoft Learning Pathway- Microsoft

Use your analytical and tactical skills to help grow and develop new opportunities for businesses as a digital marketing specialist. From marketing plans and content strategy to SEO and analytics, this path guides you through the best practices and principles of digital marketing. 

Become a Graphic Designer: Microsoft Learning Pathway- Microsoft

Graphic designers create visual concepts that inspire, inform, and transform. Use industry-leading tools to build innovative design projects and discover the skills needed to become an in-demand visual thinker and communicator. 

Become an IT Administrator: Microsoft Learning Pathway- Microsoft

The CompTIA Network+ certification measures a network administrator's basic understanding of networking components and concepts. This learning path covers the skills you need to become a certified Network+ administrator, including networking basics and techniques on how to manage a network.

Become a Project Manager: Micrsosoft Learning Pathway- Microsoft

Project managers are catalysts for change. Learn how to manage projects from beginning to end using proven project management techniques. After completing this learning path, you'll have the skills and knowledge to manage simple projects as well as complex, enterprise-wide initiatives.

Become a Software Developer: Micrsosoft Learning Pathway- Microsoft

Get an introduction to the programming skills needed for a career as a software developer. This learning path provides a broad perspective on core technologies for web development, software development, and databases. It introduces common tools and the bigger picture of how development careers work.

Codecademy- Codeacademy.com

Codecademy is an online learning platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages. The site also offers a paid 'pro' option which gives learners access to learning plans, quizzes and projects.

Intro to Coding Course- Code your Future

Specifically aimed at refugees and disadvantaged people. A free online course for anyone new to coding supported by a community of tech professionals to help you get started.               

Create a professional online presence- FutureLearn

Explore how to present yourself professionally online. Find out more about different social media platforms and how the way that you conduct yourself online can impact your professional reputation. Learn about safety and privacy and the ways that your online activity might be viewed by different audiences.

Discovering Computer Networks- The Open University  

Have you ever wondered how the internet gets into your home, school, college or workplace? How do all the computers, phones, tablets, printers and other devices connect and work together? In this free course, you can explore how computer networks operate, discover how data is sent around the internet, put your understanding into practice using an inbuilt network simulator to create your own – simulated – computer networks.           

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing- Google Digital Garage    

Learn how to market goods or services online through a series of short video tutorials and knowledge quizzes. The course covers topics like creating a website and getting it known, marketing your business locally and internationally and advertising using social media. There are modules covering how to sell online as well as how to analyse the success of your marketing plan.

How to create great online content- FutureLearn

Find out about different types of online content and what makes them effective in different situations. Discover the importance of tone, style and format in your communications, and develop best practice for communicating effectively online.

Introduction to Programming- Manchester Codes

Our Introduction to Programming course will give you a basic understanding of JavaScript, getting you started on your journey towards a Software Engineer.

Learn to Code for Data Analysis- The Open University

Software and data make the world go round. Learn programming, to analyse and visualise open data, with this free course, Learn to code for data analysis.           

Lloyds Digital Academy- Lloyd Banking Group

From using social media to attract customers to staying safe from fraud these lessons can help improve your business and are free. 

Programming Essentials in Python- Cisco

How great would it be to write your own computer program? Or, design a web or desktop application that millions of people could enjoy? Both are a possibility if you learn how to code in Python. Python is the very versatile, object-oriented programming language used by startups and tech giants, Google, Facebook, Dropbox and IBM. Python is also recommended for aspiring young developers who are interested in pursuing careers in Security, Networking and IoT.  

Learn the latest tech skills advance your career- Udacity

Udacity is a fast efficient way to learn the skills tech companies want. 100% online, part-time and self paced. Courses cover programming, data science, artificial intelligence, business, autonomous vehicles & cloud computing.


Adult Education Budget Course

Develop: Coding- Code Nation

Understand the fundamentals of programming, get to grips with front end development, take on mobile app or games development and become acquainted with professional development. This course is supported by AEB and targeted at people who are unemployed, in receipt of benefits or earning £16k or less.

Develop: Digital- Code Nation

Prepare yourself for modern remote working with the fundamentals of essential digital skills regardless of the sector you are working in. This course is supported by AEB and targeted at people who are unemployed, in receipt of benefits or earning £16k or less.


Home Office Digital Career Development Programme- Home Office Internship

The Home Office Digital Career Development Programme offers an 18 month accelerated learning experience to those with a passion for user centred digital services. You'll follow a structured development path tailored to your chosen role with access to senior mentors and recognised qualifications. At the 12 month point you'll be able to apply for a permanent position at the Home Office

If you have an opportunity which you would like including on this webpage please email gmcadigital@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk